Lord Houghton of Richmond

Crossbench Peer

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Afghanistan - Motion to Take Note 18 Aug 2021

    I agree with all those today who feel sorry for the plight of the Afghan people, and for the service men and women who died or had their lives badly damaged by service in that country. The American decision to withdraw military support was a dreadful one and the resulting chaos should be of no surprise. But, rather than criticise American decisions or show anguish for Afghanistan’s future,...
  • Military Personnel Overseas: Vaccinations - Question 1 Jul 2021

    I ask the Minister a related question regarding proof of vaccination for military personnel. As a former CDS whose medical data is still held by the Defence Medical Services, I declare a personal interest. The Minister will be aware that the medical data of defence personnel, including proof of vaccination, is held in a way that is inaccessible via the NHS app. I accept that a highly complex...
  • Covid-19: Government Handling and Preparedness - Commons Urgent Question 8 Jun 2021

    My Lords, I will follow on from that. The Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces are often accused of being prepared for the last war rather than the next one. In truth it is impossible to be ready for the next war unless, of course, you intend to start it. The best you can achieve within finite resources is to be ready for “a” war, not “the” war. You must then adjust what is...

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Entered the House of Lords on 20 November 2017

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